Does Harford County have adequate resources to meet its needs, particularly in the funding of public schools and law enforcement?
Glassman: Yes, we can meet our needs without raising taxes by operating efficiently and sequencing large capital projects. In fact, I am proud that we have budgeted $24 million over the past three years to restore salaries each year for our teachers, law enforcement and dedicated county employees, without increasing tax rates. After a pause to get the county’s debt down to more responsible levels, we are also about to break ground on a planned modernization of Havre de Grace Middle/High School. However, we are seeking our fair share of resources from the state. For example, we provided an additional $15 million in operating funding to our public schools over the last three years, while state funding increased by only $1 million. So we are advocating for changes to the state funding formulas that tend to underfund rural/suburban counties. Lastly, as vice-president of the Maryland Association of Counties, I am pleased that we successfully lobbied my former colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly for additional Highway User Revenue to fix local roads. The state collects this revenue and returns a portion to the counties. But under the prior state administration, the local share was cut to balance the state budget. Harford County will combine this new revenue with the $16 million in county funding already dedicated during my administration to repair and maintain local roads. I have been endorsed by Harford County’s Teachers, Deputies and Correctional Officers.